Thursday, August 12, 2010

Two Worlds: Ypsilanti's Role in the Indian Assimilation Era

Around the turn of the century, a Nez Perce teenager was taken from out West to Penn- sylvania.

He ended up in Ypsilanti as a Normal College business student.

At the same time, a Caucasian woman took her Normal College teaching degree in the other direction. She taught on a reservation school next to a mesa upon which lived the Hopi. Her essay reveals more about her attitudes towards the Hopi than about the Hopi themselves. It's not easy to read.

Today's Ann Arbor Chronicle story deals with the role Ypsilanti played in this tumultous era of Native American assiilation.

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